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« on: February 23, 2005, 12:06:01 AM »
I agree on with previous poster on the Big Daikon website... I should have mentioned that. THere are a lot of bitter and idiotic posters, but such are discussion boards.
On the rent... I live in a city of about half a million and our rent is 160/month and large by Japanese standards (2LDK) Other bills total about 200-300 a month including our cellphones. In short, you can live quite cheaply despite the high cost of food. It's a great experience and the money is good.
« on: February 22, 2005, 10:52:41 PM »
It's cool seeing a JET thread on this board. If anyone has questions, I too can help. Currently, I am sitting at my desk on my laptop typing away. I just finished my lunch and have nothing to do this afternoon. And on top of that, I had nothing to do this morning!
While every situation is different, my experience (and my wife's) is that this program is incredible. We are able to live comfortably and travel (Cambodia, Taiwan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea) off of one salary and completely save the other one. So as a single person, you should be able to save about half of your salary. The hours are great, currently I'm only teaching 8 hours a week. During the busier times of the year I teach 13. While having few yours teaching is nice, sometimes it's a bit boring sitting around the school.
If you are a message board kind of person and want some more info, check out www.bigdaikon.com
Tons of information there.
Let me know if you've got further questions.
« on: February 22, 2005, 08:27:10 PM »
No worries, you haven't fueled my anxiety a bit. I rather like talking about these things.
Yeah, we've been keeping up on the teaching game in WNY and it's been interesting. My wife's former school might be closed at the end of the year and Buffalo is looking at closing a few schools too. Though the competition is pretty strong, she's in pretty good shape. Permanent certification in Pre K-6 and Sped K-12 with and M.Ed. in Sped. I think she'll be fine for finding work but yeah, we're getting things started. She just updated her resume and we're now lurking for postings.
Sadly about Rochester jokes, the construction bit is starting to not be so true. Road construction, yes. New buildings... not seen a crane in Rochester in forever. Right now, out of my 5th floor classroom, I can count 10-15 cranes.... I think Rochester and Buffalo are great areas but a lot needs to be done to revive them. Here's to hoping it happens!
« on: February 22, 2005, 07:37:28 PM »
Getting up early in the bone-freezing cold to shovel yet another 10 inches of snow... miss that? For some unexplicable reason: Yes.
Now my wife... she's not missing Rochester at all. As she's from Ottawa, Canada and has had freezing cold winters her whole life. When I first mentioned Buffalo she basically laughed... so did I. Now, we're actually hoping it works out... go figure.
I'm thinking it's probably a waitlist to be honest with you. I'm not sure what exactly I think about that as we need to prepare to move back, etc. Though if NY is where we end up, teaching jobs aren't posted until July/August anyhow (my wife's a teacher).
Eitherway, the waiting will continue for a while longer.... I'm prepared for the worst and expecting it. Anything better is gravy.
« on: February 22, 2005, 07:16:05 PM »
Yesterday someone was posting who found out via email, but it's the only person I've heard of hearing via email. I'm still holding out hope, but we'll see. Regardless of the decision from UB, Va Beach is looking nicer all the time.
I wish I were still getting the mail in Rochester... it's much quicker to Ra-cha-cha than Japan!
Yep.. (just read your most recent) I'm not reading too much into it, but as a former admissions coordinator for a graduate program... I've got a pretty good idea how these things go. That being said, I have no clue really.
« on: February 22, 2005, 06:41:54 PM »
Alright. So I called UB the other day to ask about my status since they don't fancy returning emails. This morning I get an email saying that a decision was just made on my file and that a letter was being sent as the email was written. Ok, cool. I should hear in the next 10 days or so. Great.
So this is my thought process. If the decision were favorable, they'd probably say so in the email. If I was being denied they would just wait for the mail to arrive. Probably wouldn't tell me waitlisted via email either.
« on: February 21, 2005, 08:55:03 PM »
Actually, I just got off the phone, I decided to leave a message. Ideally I want to know an admissions decision but since I've never heard word 1 from them, I figure asking to verify that my application is complete and not missing anything is pretty safe.
Not attending UB? I can't say that I'll shed tears... another seat open, better for me.
I've never lived in Buffalo, but I lived 10 years in Rochester (1hr. east) and the winters pretty similar. Buffalo probably gets more lakefront snow (a localized snow storm from Lake Erie) but temperatures are comparable. I've applied to a few schools in CA and think the weather would be great but my wife and I will probably return to the east coast.
And I will confirm what you've heard, Buffalo (Western New York) winters are brutal. From October to May snow is a definate possibility, and temperatures in January and February often don't get above freezing. I think it's pretty comparable to Ithaca but definately colder than Manhattan. Some may disagree with that but Manattan is definately warmer than Buffalo/Rochester.
Good luck with wherever you attend.
« on: February 21, 2005, 08:36:32 PM »
I might actually call, but it's about a buck a minute from my cellphone (only phone) in Japan.... So I'm try to go via other routes....or just wait... patiently... which isn't going too well.
Have you visited UB? Seriously considering attending? Familiar with WNY winters?
« on: February 21, 2005, 08:24:42 PM »
Congrats! I'm still waiting and hoping..... So on your LSN you said you got the notification via email? Did you email asking or was it out of the blue?
I've emailed them asking for verification of a completed file (in January) and still haven't heard from them... I thought they didn't use email.
« on: February 15, 2005, 12:44:37 AM »
The Arnold impersonation is sure to gain points...